Probably the most profound thing I’ve read today, if not this year.

A pediatrician in South Africa, Alastair McAlpine, who works with terminally ill children, asked them what was important to them, what they liked doing, and what they’ll miss when they’re gone.

The children, aged four to nine, talked about their pets and how they’re worried about their parents and how they know the people who really care about them.

The doctor summed up his conversations with the children thusly:

That’s a good philosophy for life. The way life should be lived.

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